WINTER DOG HIKING TIPS AND PREPARING FOR EXTREME CONDITIONS


Every year, people and their pets are improperly prepared to handle unexpected extreme winter weather conditions

Dog-friendly winter hiking tips

Often, hiking injuries on trails related to winter conditions can be avoided with proper preparation.  For the sake of you and your pup, we cannot emphasize the need to be prepared, as even some of the easiest terrain can become difficult to navigate in the event of a unexpected winter storm.  Below, we have gathered a few tips to better prepare you and your pet before venturing out on any winter hike this season.  Have fun, be safe, and enjoy all that this season has to offer you and your pup!

  • Pack enough water for you and fido to consume along the way as water sources may be frozen
  • First aid kit to include matches or a lighter and a thermal foil blanket
  • Pre-treat paws with pad balm
  • Check and assess paws for dryness or cracking throughout hike
  • Additional clothing/jacket for shorter hair dogs
  • Dog hiking pack – pre-check for fit and comfortability
  • Know your dog’s limits and total distance of the hike
  • Pack extra dog treats and food
  • Trekking poles
  • GPS location beacon
  • Use carabiners to safely secure dogs
  • Pack an extra cell phone battery
  • Check the weather – pack weather radio for extended treks
  • Notify friends and loved ones of where you’ll be and when you expect to return
  • Know the signs for frost bites
  • Know your dog’s ability to hike in deep versus packed snow
  • Carry an air horn
  • Bring a hiking companion

Source: https://woofinboots.com/top-5-dog-friendly-winter-hikes-near-denver/

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